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Old 06-25-2007, 05:18 PM   #1
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Talking Windows XP Tips and Tricks

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QuickLaunch
By default, the QuickLaunch toolbar is not shown. This is a handy feature and only requires a single to open the application. It is always viewable on your taskbar so you don't have to resort to your desktop or Start options to open the app.

To enable it...


Right click on an open area of the toolbar
Select Toolbars
Select Quick Launch





Balloon Tips
To turn off balloon tips in most applications...


Click Start
Click Run
Enter regedit
Click OK
Go to
HKEY_CURRENT_USER
Software
Microsoft
Windows
CurrentVersion
Explorer
Advanced
Click Edit
Click New
Create DWORD value = EnableBalloonTips
Value = 0
Click OK
See Microsoft Knowledge Base article.






Windows Version
To turn off the version number on the desktop...

Click Start
Click Run
Enter regedit
Click OK
Go to
HKEY_USERS
.DEFAULT
Control Panel\Desktop
Edit or Create the DWORD value = PaintDesktopVersion
Value = 0 (will hide the version from displaying on the desktop)
Click OK
Reboot
See Microsoft Knowledge Base article.






Taskbar Buttons
By default, all open windows using the same application are grouped under a single icon. This saves Task Bar space.

If you want to group, or ungroup, similar taskbar buttons...


Right click on Taskbar
Select Properties
Check or Uncheck Group similar taskbar buttons
See Microsoft Knowledge Base article.






Logon Style
To change the logon screen so it looks like the traditional NT4 or 2000 style...

Open Control Panel
Select User Accounts
Click Change the way users log on and off
Uncheck Use the Welcome screen
Click on Apply





System Tray Icons
Icons in the Notification area (on the right side of the taskbar) are, by default, hidden when they are inactive. This behavior is determined by a setting, which can be cleared or selected for each item.


Right click on the Taskbar
Select Properties
Check Hide inactive icons
Click on Customize button This will bring up a dialog box that will allow you to select one of three options for your applications:
Hide when inactive
Always hide
Always show
Highlight current or past applications and make any changes you like. A small arrow will now appear in the System Tray that will allow you to show or hide these icons.
See Microsoft Knowledge Base article.





System Time
To make sure your system time is accurate, you can automatically set the time from an Internet server.

Double-click the time on the taskbar
Click Internet Time tab
Check Automatically synchronize with an Internet time server
Click on Update Now button
See Microsoft Knowledge Base article.

Certain Dell machines lose their system time in XP. To correct this do the following...

Click Start
Click Run
Enter cmd
Click OK
Enter the following and press Enter after each line
Net stop w32time
w32tm /unregister
w32tm /unregister
w32tm /register
Net start w32time
exit
A patch is also available from Dell. See Dell.com for more information.






Desktop
On some occasions changes to desktop settings will not save. Sometimes there is also a reason to disable this for public machines that users should not be allowed to change settings. This can be used to make it so your user's changes DO NOT get saved by disabling save desktop setting.

Click Start
Click Run
Enter regedit
Click OK
Go to
HKEY_CURRENT_USER
Software
Microsoft
Windows NT
CurrentVersion
Program Manager
Restrictions
Create or edit the DWORD value = NoSaveSettings
To save desktop settings, value = 0
To disable saving desktop settings, value = 1
Click OK
Close regedit
Reboot
See Microsoft Knowledge Base article.

The Desktop Cleanup Wizard keeps track of your usage of the icons on your desktop and periodically offers to remove the icons you have not recently used. This is really not needed as most people can delete icons off their desktop themselves.

Right click on desktop
Select Properties
Click on Desktop tab
Click on Customize Desktop button
Uncheck Run Desktop Cleanup Wizard every 60 days
See Microsoft Knowledge Base article.





Java Virtual Machine
Instead of including the latest version of Java support, XP will default to a 4-year-old version. Users can get a new Java download which is 5MB in size or Install Service Pack 1 as it fixes a large number of other bugs and installs the Java Virtual Machine.





Paging File
To clear the Windows paging file (Pagefile.sys) during the shutdown process and prevent any unsecured data from being contained after the shutdown process is complete. Some third-party programs can temporarily store unencrypted (plain-text) passwords or other sensitive information in memory.

Method 1
Open Control Panel
Select Administrative Tools
Select Local Security Policy
Select Local Policies
Click on Security Options
In the right hand menu, right click on Shutdown: Clear Virtual Memory Pagefile
Select Enable
Reboot
Method 2
Click Start
Click Run
Enter regedit
Click OK
Go to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
SYSTEM
CurrentControlSet
Control\Session Manager
Memory Management
Double click on ClearPageFileAtShutdown
Set Value = 1
Click OK
Reboot
See Microsoft Knowledge Base article.






Quick Reinstall
To repair a corrupted operating system. This also works on Windows 2000.

On the Windows CD, go to the location of your source files
Run WINNT32 /unattend




CD Info
After you remove either a CD recording software or other software from your computer, your computer may not allow access to the CD drive.

To correct this the following registry keys need to be deleted:

Click Start
Click Run
Enter regedit
Click OK
Go to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
SYSTEM
CurrentControlSet
Control
Class
{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
Delete UpperFilters value
Delete LowerFilters value
See Microsoft Knowledge Base article.

To increase loading speed... If you use a program other than the native XP CD Burner software.

Open Control Panel
Select Administrative Tools
SelectServices
Double-click on IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service
For Startup Type, select Disabled
Click OK
Close Services window
Reboot
See Microsoft Knowledge Base article.

To turn off the ability to using the built-in CD burner software that comes with XP do the following...

Open up Explorer
Right click on the drive that is your CD burner
Select Properties
Click Recording tab
Uncheck Enable CD
See Microsoft Knowledge Base article.





E-mail Message Count
Under your name on the Welcome screen, there is a hyperlink that indicates the number of unread e-mail messages. To remove the Unread E-mail message count by user's login names: This feature is not always active in XP for some reason.

Click Start
Click Run
Enter regedit
Click OK
Go to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
SOFTWARE
Microsoft\Windows
CurrentVersion
UnreadMaili
Click Edit
Click New
Select Create DWORD value = MessageExpiryDays
Set Value = 0
Click OK
See Microsoft Knowledge Base article.






Administrator Logon
If the administration logon is not show on the Welcome screen

To access it...

Hold down Ctrl and Alt and press Del twice
To unhide the Administrator account so it always shows up...

Click Start
Click Run
Enter regedit
Click OK
Go to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
SOFTWARE
Microsoft
Windows NT
CurrentVersion
Winlogon
SpecialAccounts
UserList
If Administrator exists...
Double Click on Administrator
Set Value = 1
Click OK
If Administrator doesn't exist...
Click Edit
Click New
Select DWORD value
Enter the name Administrator
Double Click on line
Set value = 1
Click OK




Registration
To change your name and company information...

Click Start
Click Run
Enter regedit
Click OK
Go to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
SOFTWARE
Microsoft
Windows NT
Double click on CurrentVersion
Change the value in the Registered Owner key
Click OK
See Microsoft Knowledge Base article.

To set that online registration has been completed...

Click Start
Click Run
Enter regedit
Click OK
Go to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
SOFTWARE
Microsoft
Windows NT
CurrentVersion
Click Edit
Click New
Create a String value = RegDone
Set Value = 1
Click OK
See Microsoft Knowledge Base article.






Passwords
To change the password to never expire. This is identical to Windows 2000 for the same issue.


Right click My Computer
Select Manage
Go to Local Users and Groups/Users
Right-click on user to change
Select Properties
On General tab, check Password never expires
Click OK
To allow logging in without a password... (Do not recommend)

Click Start
Click Run
Enter gpedit.msc

Click OK
Select Computer Configuration
Select Windows Settings
Select Security Settings
Select Local Policies
Select Security Options
Double click on Accounts
Disable the option Limit local account use of blank passwords to console login only




Well, I hope that helps.
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Old 06-25-2007, 05:19 PM   #2
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Part 2



User Names (Show/Hide)
To hide/unhide the users on the logon screen...

Click Start
Click Run
Enter regedit
Click OK
Go to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
SOFTWARE
Microsoft
Windows NT
CurrentVersion
Winlogon
SpecialAccounts
UserList
Click Edit
Click New
Select Add DWORD value = name of the user account you want to hide
To hide, set value = 0
To unhide, set value = 1
Click OK





Guest Account
We highly recommend turning off the ability to login with guest account.

Open Control Panel
Click User Accounts
Click Change an account
Click Guest account
Click Turn off the guest account
See Microsoft Knowledge Base article.






Fast User Switch
To fix the the error referencing CSGina.DLL that a recently installed program has disabled the Welcome screen and Fast User Switching ...


Click Start
Click Run
Enter regedit
Click OK
Go to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
SOFTWARE
Microsoft
Windows NT
CurrentVersion
Winlogon
Delete key GinaDLL
See Microsoft Knowledge Base article.






System Restore
To disable system restore. System restore, which is supposed to "roll back" your system to a previous point, does not always solve problems. This feature can take up a large chunk of your hard drive and system resources.

To Disable System Restore

Open Control Panel
Select System Control
Click System Restore tab
Check Turn off System Restore
Click OK
To Re-Enable System Restore

Open Control Panel
Select System Control
Click System Restore
Uncheck Turn off System Restore
Use the slider under Disk Space usage to set the limit on how much hard disk space to give up
Click OK
You can re-enable it again by...

Click Start
Click Run
Enter gpedit.msc
Select Computer Configuration
Select Administrative Templates
Select System
Select System Restore
Set Turn off System Restore
Set Turn off Configuration to Disable
Right click My Computer
Select Manage
Select Services and Applications
Select Services
Scroll to System Restore Service
Set to Automatic
Click the Start button to start the service
Close window
Go back to the gpedit.msc and configure both to Not configured
Right click My Computer
Click System Restore
Configure how much space will be used
See Microsoft Knowledge Base article.





Device Drivers
To restore a previous working device driver. If this does not work, you need to remove the device and reinstall the drivers.

Log in with an administrator
Right click My Computer
Select Properties
Click Hardware tab
Click Device Manager button
Go to the device you want to reconfigure
Click Driver tab
Click Roll Back Drive button
See Microsoft Knowledge Base article.






Firewall
If you want to turn off the firewall for your computer: Highly recommended.

Click Start
Click Settings
Click Network Connections
Right click network connection you want to change
Select Properties
Click the Advanced tab
Uncheck Internet Connection Firewall
See Microsoft Knowledge Base article.






Error Reporting
To turn off reporting of errors to Microsoft...


Right click My Computer
Select Properties
Select Advanced
Click Error Reporting tab
Check Disable error reporting
See Microsoft Knowledge Base article.





Performance
By default, XP displays extra graphic objects for menu items which can slow down your display.

To turn off these selectively...


Right click My Computer
Select Properties
Click Advanced tab
Under Performance, click Settings button
To turn them all off, select Adjust for best performance Preference is to leave them all off except for Show shadows under mouse pointer and Show window contents while dragging
See Microsoft Knowledge Base article.

To speed up the display of the Start Menu Items, turn off the menu shadow.

Right click open area of the Desktop
Select Properties
Click Appearance tab
Click Effects button
Uncheck Show shadows under menus
See Microsoft Knowledge Base article.

You can increase system performance by loading more of the system into memory. DO NOT attempt this with less then 512MBs of ram. Your system will become unstable.

Click Start
Click Run
Enter regedit
Click OK
Go to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
SYSTEM
CurrentControlSet
Control
Session Manager
Memory Management
Double click on DisablePagingExecutive
Set Value = 1
Click OK
Reboot
See Microsoft Knowledge Base article.





Hibernation
Hibernation takes up extra disk space.

To disable...

Open Control Panel
Select Power Options
Click Hibernation
Uncheck Enable Hibernation
See Microsoft Knowledge Base article.





MSN Messenger
MSN Messenger is typically a waste of system resources.

To remove the MSN Messenger from starting...

Click Start
Click Run
Enter RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove
To totally remove MSN Messenger, you need to first make Messenger appear in Add/Remove programs.

Edit the file \Windows\Inf\sysoc.inf
Change msmsgs=msgrocm.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,hide,7
To msmsgs=msgrocm.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,,7
See Microsoft Knowledge Base article.






Non-Responsive Tasks
To set a time-out to automatically delete "Not Responding" tasks...

Click Start
Click Run
Enter regedit
Click OK
Go to
HKEY_CURRENT_USER
Control Panel
Desktop
Double click on AutoEndTasks
Set Value = 1
Click OK
Change WaitToKillAppTimeout to the number of milliseconds to wait
See Microsoft Knowledge Base article.





File System Cache
To help speed up the system, increase the amount of memory to use for I/O operations...

Click Start
Click Run
Enter regedit
Click OK
Go to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
SYSTEM
CurrentControlSet
Control\Session Manager
Memory Management
Edit IoPageLockLimit
4096 =32MB or less
8192 =32MB
16384 = 64MB
32768 = 128MB
65536 = 256MB+
See Microsoft Knowledge Base article.






DNS Cache
DNS (Domain Name System) caching is used to resolve hostnames for faster access. The problem with this feature is that failed DNS lookups also get cached.

To change so that it will not cache failed DNS lookups...


1. Flush the DNS cache manually

Go to the Command Prompt
Enter ipconfig /flushdns

2. To permanently solve, modifing the Registry

Click Start
Click Run
Enter regedit
Click OK
Go to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
SYSTEM
CurrentControlSet
Services
Dnscache
Parameters
NegativeCacheTime=0 (DWORD default=300 seconds) Determines how long an entry recording a negative answer to a query remains in the DNS cache. When the time specified in the value of this entry expires, the DNS client deletes the answer record from cache.
NetFailureCacheTime=0 (DWORD default=30 seconds) Determines for how long the DNS client stops sending queries when it suspects that the network is down. When the DNS client does not receive responses to repeated queries sent to any network adapter, the DNS client stops sending queries for the time specified in the value of this entry. During that time, the DNS client returns a time-out response to all queries. If the value of this entry is 0x0, this optimizing feature is disabled. DNS continues to send queries to an unresponsive network.
NegativeSOACacheTime=0 (DWORD default=120 seconds) Determines how long an entry recording a negative answer to a query for an SOA (Start of Authority) record remains in the Domain Name System (DNS) cache. When the time specified in the value expires, the DNS client deletes the answer record from the cache.





Bandwidth
If you run an application that needs to send high priority/real time data, XP will restrict "best effort" traffic to 80% of the bandwidth.

To change this...

Log in as Administrator (Not just any account with admin privileges)
Click Start
Click Run
Enter gpedit.msc
Select Local Computer Policy
Select Administrative Templates
Select Network
Select QOS Packet Scheduler
In the right window, double-click limit reservable bandwidth
On setting tab, check enabled setting
Bandwidth limit % value = 0
Click OK
Close gpedit.msc
Click My Computer
Select My Network Connections
Select View Network Connections
Right-click your connection
Under Protocol Properties, check QOS Packet Scheduler
Reboot




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nice guide , Maybe a sticky MOD's
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Merged both together, that way everything is in one place.

I won't sticky this one. However, the link to this will be added to another Tips & Tricks guide in the OS section.
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Hey ArrizX- add this to that reference thread.
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